RESEARCH

So, according to a recently published Global Report,  

remaining active, psychological therapy, job satisfaction/lifestyle and a positive attitude

are critical when dealing with general aches and pains of the back.

 

Apart from any traumatic event requiring surgery to the basic structure of the spine, other abnormalities and/or any natural wear and tear, regular physical activity  and exercise can and normally does induce general aches and pains in the back, particularly when adopting poor postural habits.

 

Stress is a root cause of low back pain

Issues like fear, insecurity, anger and the stress of an unsatisfying job/home life, all make their contributions to the lives we lead today,

along with our belief system of what causes back pain and how best to remedy it.

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We don't know the vast majority of the causes

of back pain.

 

RESEARCH FACTS

As it stands now, the worker who finds their next backache disabling is faced with a costly and long term medical intervention

SOCIOECONOMIC COSTS OF BACK PAIN

Overall, back pain imposes a greater economic burden than any other disease for which economic analysis has been carried out in the UK.

THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF BACK PAIN IN THE UK

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We should not underestimate the effect that gravity may have on the spine.

Perhaps, the most noticeable effect of gravity on the body is compression of the spine. ... The downward force of gravity causes the discs to lose moisture throughout the day, resulting in a daily height loss of up to 1/2" - 3/4".

The moisture returns to the disc overnight, but not 100% - but it probably explains why our backs can sometimes feel a little better after a good nights sleep.

The  illustration (left) has been redrawn from the classic work of Alf Nachemson (Nachemson A: The Load on Lumbar Disks in Different Positions of the Body, Clin. Orthop., 45:107-122, 1966).   In shows loading (in kilograms) recorded from intradiscal pressure transducers inserted into the L3 disc space of volunteers. Not many realize that there is more loading in the sitting, rather than the standing position. Even when recumbent there remains some loading on the spine

BACK PAIN COSTS

MIND YOUR BACK

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